Imperial College London

Professor Ramana Nanda

Business School

Associate Dean Enterprise.Professor Entrepreneurial Finance



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Ramana Nanda is a Professor of Entrepreneurial Finance and Academic Lead at the Institute for Deep Tech Entrepreneurship at Imperial, a Research Fellow in the Financial Economics Programme of the CEPR and a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Business School. 

His research examines financing frictions facing new ventures, with an aim to help entrepreneurs with fundraising and to shed light on how financial intermediaries, corporate R&D and policy makers can improve the odds of selecting and commercializing the most promising ideas and technologies in the economy.

For the academic years 2007 through 2020, Ramana was on the full-time faculty of Harvard Business School, most recently as Sarofim-Rock Professor and co-director of the Private Capital Project.  He received his Ph.D. from MIT's Sloan School of Management and has a BA and MA in Economics from Trinity College, Cambridge, U.K. He is a recipient of the 2020 ERC Consolidator Grant and 2015 Kauffman Prize Medal, that is awarded annually to one scholar under age 40 whose research has made a significant contribution to the literature in entrepreneurship.

Prior to starting his Ph.D., Ramana was based in the London and New York offices of Oliver, Wyman & Company, where he worked primarily with clients in global capital markets as well as in small-business banking.  He continues to advise startup ventures on their financing strategies and also works with philanthropists and investors looking to back "deep tech" entrepreneurial solutions to global challenges.



Cao R, Koning R, Nanda R, 2023, Sampling bias in entrepreneurial experiments, Management Science, ISSN:0025-1909

Ewens M, Nanda R, Stanton C, 2023, Founder-CEO compensation and selection into venture capital-backed entrepreneurship, The Journal of Finance, ISSN:0022-1082

Das A, Ghani E, Grover A, et al., 2023, JUE insight: infrastructure and finance: evidence from India’s GQ highway network, Journal of Urban Economics, ISSN:0094-1190

Nanda R, Howell S, 2023, Networking frictions in venture capital, and the gender gap in entrepreneurship, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, ISSN:0022-1090, Pages:1-57

Dalla Fontana S, Nanda R, 2023, Innovating to net zero: can venture capital and start-ups play a meaningful role?, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Policy and the Economy, Vol:2, ISSN:2771-1668, Pages:79-105

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